Category Archives: Revolutionary War

Visit to Long Island and the Land of “Turn”

I was in Long Island this last week and was able to visit a few historical sites as well as enjoy the natural surroundings of island. Long Island is steeped in history and despite its close proximity to New York City, in … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Fun and Interesting Sites to Follow

Well, this is a small break from the “Mattson Family Mini-Series” that has been on the Ascending the Stairs blog channel for the last few months. I encourage you to check out two websites that highlight the history of the … Continue reading

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Lt. Col. James McMasters and the Pennsylvania Revolutionary Militia

  The actual activity of the Pennsylvania Militia is a bit of a mystery.  There was a revolution going on and records were not entirely comprehensive. There were mixed reviews from George Washington about how helpful and reliable they were. … Continue reading

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Genealogy Trip Planning – Success!

I have just returned from a two week genealogical immersion trip to Pennsylvania.  The first week was in the Philadelphia area, Chester County and Bucks County to research my family’s ancestors.  The 2nd week was to attend the Genealogical Research … Continue reading

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The Bucks County Safety Committee Part II: Policing of the People

One of the Safety Committee’s responsibilities was to ensure that the county was protecting the cause of the Revolution by observing “the conduct of all persons”.  What does that do to a community to be measured against a standard for … Continue reading

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Safety Committees and their Role in the Revolution: Part I

During my research of Bucks County, Pennsylvania during the Revolution, I found the Minutes of the Committee of Safety 1774-1776 in the Pennsylvania Archives on Footnote/Fold 3.  Low and behold, my ancestor James McNair is on the Committee from August … Continue reading

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Family Ties to Our Nation’s Independence

Ancestry.com has stated that 60% of Americans can claim an ancestor who lived through the American Revolution and 40% can trace their lineage to someone who fought in the Revolutionary War.  A pretty amazing statistic and one that makes me … Continue reading

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